I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.
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WORTHINGTON -- With the economy ailing, there's no better time than the present to start shopping locally. That's the primary message behind a new report by Minnesota 2020, a public policy think tank chaired by former Worthington resident Matt Entenza. Purchasing Minnesota-made products gives the state's economy an added boost, said Entenza during a press event inside The Cows' Outside, a Worthington business that sells products made in Minnesota as well as under the store's own roof. "If people buy at a big-box retailer, 43 cents on the dollar stays in the community," Entenza explained.
WORTHINGTON -- Melvin and Lila Voss started out with one special Christmas tree inside Worthington Elks Lodge. Now, there are two, and the sky may be the limit. The uniquely decorated trees at the Elks are adorned with items such as mittens, socks, scarves, caps and other warm items of clothing. All are contributed to the Worthington Community Christmas Basket program, which each year offers gifts to the needy during the holiday season. "When we started out ... this is our third year ... we got a few donations from the Worthington Optimists and the Elks Lodge to start out," Melvin said.
WORTHINGTON -- This year's Worthington Area United Way telethon will be much more than a television event. People interested in the telethon may watch the event live from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday on Cable Channel 3, or on the Daily Globe's Web site at www.dglobe.com . They also may listen to it on FM radio stations 95.1 and 93.7, as well as AM station 730. And, additionally, they have the alternative of actually attending the telethon. "With Laurie's (Jensen) help, we've brought the concept of a live studio audience," explained Matt Widboom, who will serve as the telethon's co-host, on Monday.
WORTHINGTON -- As site coordinator at Sanford Hospice Windom-Worthington Jackson, Katie Howell is thankful year-round for the help she gets from pastors. That's why even though Hospice Pastoral Month was observed in October, Howell is well aware that clergy pay a pivotal role in the lives of patients and their families in all 12 months of the year. "We recognize chaplains because they perform an important part of our mission -- caring for mind, body and spirit at the end of life," she said. Three pastors serve as chaplains for Sanford Hospice W-W-J: David Lightner of Evangelical Free Church
WORTHINGTON -- Republicans Doug Magnus and Rod Hamilton appeared to be on their way to re-election to the Minnesota House Tuesday night. Magnus, R-Slayton, was poised to hold off a challenge from DFLer Mike McCarvel of Brewster for the second consecutive election. With 76 of 99 precincts reporting, Magnus had tallied 6,853 votes (56 percent) to McCarvel's 5,439 (44 percent) in the District 22A race. "I think obviously the No. 1 issue is the economy and our state budget," said Magnus, who was looking for his fourth two-year term.
WORTHINGTON -- The 2008-2009 Worthington Area United Way campaign is officially under way, and contributors and benefactors are anticipating another strong year for the charitable organization. Twenty agencies are being supported in this year's campaign, including Manna Food Pantry of Worthington. "We'd certainly like to thank everyone who has contributed to the United Way over the years," said Gene Foth, who is in his fourth year of service as coordinator at the pantry. "United Way is so vital to this community. "Just this morning, we served 28 families," Foth continued.
WORTHINGTON -- Nine years ago, Worthington became home to the first Wal-Mart supercenter in Minnesota. That was a long time ago, however, and according to current store manager Jeff Fouch, it's time for a change.
WORTHINGTON -- A day after Nobles County Democrats coordinated a press conference to speak of missing signs for presidential candidate Barack Obama, area Republicans made it clear their rivals aren't alone in the problem of theft and vandalism. Zuby Jansen of Worthington, a past Nobles County Republicans chair who remains active with the party, began distributing yard signs from her home right around King Turkey Day. It wasn't long before thefts begin, she said. "It's been happening all along," she explained of the stolen signs.
WORTHINGTON -- Two years ago this Christmas, Sarah Hayenga was given a present she won't forget. Hayenga, who has been married to husband Craig for 14 years, still has the piece of the paper that details that Christmas gift -- a lot in Worthington's Woodland Ridge, located in the area surrounding the nolonger-standing Crippled Children's School building. At that time, they had been living on Smith Avenue while looking for new home. "We had looked at houses for a couple years and hadn't found one," Hayenga recalled.